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Economic outlook conference to provide 18-month forecast, Volvo update

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Staff Report
Published Feb. 29, 2016

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Outlook Conference will provide an update on Volvo’s Berkeley County automotive campus and offer an outlook for the Charleston region for the next 18 months.

Katarina Fjording, vice president of purchasing and manufacturing at Volvo Car Group, will discuss what Volvo is planning to accomplish with its first U.S. factory.

The chamber will also give its economic outlook for the region.

“With the emergence of top international companies such as Boeing, Google, Mercedes, Amazon, BMW and now Volvo, the Charleston region is much more diversified,” Mary Graham, the chamber’s chief advancement officer, said in a news release.

“This diversification has created a magnitude of opportunities along with thousands of jobs. We must now focus on ensuring we have a talent pipeline to fill these positions, as well as proper infrastructure that allows our residents to travel our roads safely and our businesses to efficiently transport goods and services.”

The chamber began producing its Economic Outlook Forecast 25 years ago prior to the closure of the Navy Base “to provide the business community with solid, truthful information about the region’s economy, committing to only presenting the facts,” the chamber said in the release.

The conference will be from noon to 2 p.m. March 10 at the Charleston Area Convention Center.

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